HR Intern

12 months, flexible working hours
28 Jul 2021
Standard Intern remuneration based on location
As soon as possible
UK, Poland, Denmark



EIT Climate-KIC (Knowledge and Innovation Community) is Europe’s foremost climate innovation initiative. Our mission is to leverage the power of innovation to build a zero-carbon, climate-resilient, just, and inclusive society. Climate-KIC’s strategy, Transformation, in Time, responds to the need for a 1.5° aligned, systemic approach to reversing global warming and developing climate resilience, commensurate with the complexity, scale and requisite pace of response to the climate challenge.

Established in 2010 and headquartered in Amsterdam, we orchestrate a community of more than 400 organisations comprised of large corporations and SMEs, municipal and regional governments, universities and research institutes, as well as non-governmental organisations and uncommon actors. We are an organisation of circa 160 people. We operate out of 13 hubs across Europe and conduct activities in 39 countries globally. We have historically managed €80-100 million per year in grants, provided predominantly by our founder and core funder, the European Institute for Innovation and Technology (EIT). We are transitioning to a multi-funder model with the objective of maintaining a flow of funds of circa €100 million annually to our community and to problem owners to deliver impact.

We use a portfolio approach for developing and deploying innovation, entrepreneurship, education and community mobilisation to unlock structural change in systems where emissions are tough to reduce – cities, land-use, industry, and finance. We do so by combining activities and innovation outputs from applied research, learning and reskilling, start-up incubation, movement building and innovation ecosystem building. Over the last ten years we have supported more than 4,500 businesses, in over 50 countries, that have gone on to attract over €1.5 bln of capital and featured regularly in the Forbes 30 under 30 European list. Our education programmes have influenced the lives of over 45,000 people who have launched a movement building alumni community. In 2019, we launched Deep Demonstrations, a demand-led methodology for composing innovation portfolios across technology, policy, finance, social change, citizen engagement, and other relevant levers of change, in order to generate options and test transition pathways for place-based systems and value chains.

Our goals for 2027 are to ensure that 200,000 people across Europe are equipped with enhanced climate-relevant innovation and entrepreneurial skills; 10 million people benefit from improved resilience to the impacts of climate change; 50 cities, countries, regions and large scale businesses across Europe are achieving net-zero as a result of partnership with EIT Climate-KIC; 500 million tons of CO2 eq. emissions have been avoided cumulatively (approx. 1/10 annual EU production) and we have succeeded in leveraging €100 bln to scale-up innovations tackling climate change. Ultimately, we aim to become a leader in systemic innovation that contributes to a paradigm shift from a linear, industrial production system to a circular, regenerative model, leveraging the power of our unique community of innovators and inspiring change beyond it.

Purpose of Placement

Climate-KIC’s HR team works to deliver the skilled, flexible and motivated workforce our organisation needs in order to realise its mission. We strive to enhance capability and capacity across the business, and to drive and champion positive, value-adding change. We support company operations in 13 European nations, and the scope of our function has broadened following a period of significant growth.  

As a HR Intern you will provide a comprehensive administrative support service to the HR team and our organisation of more than 150 staff. You will work to ensure delivery of a first-class HR service across the business, supporting with day-to-day recruitment activities and providing the HR team with generalist support for organisational development projects and initiatives.

This role is a unique opportunity for an ambitious and talented HR professional to gain broad experience in a dynamic, pan-European organisation addressing one of the most important and pressing problems of our time. You will connect with a wide range of fascinating, talented and driven professionals in a multi-disciplinary, action-oriented environment. This is an exciting, promising and crucial time to be part of the fight against climate change.

Key Tasks

  • Supporting and working closely with the core HR team with day to day HR operations across all jurisdictions
  • Maintain the recruitment list on the Recruitment Tracker and ensure that it is kept up-to-date
  • Manage the publishing of all vacant roles on the Climate-KIC website, Sharepoint and LinkedIn as well as other channels that may be needed for certain roles
  • Coordinate the interview process with hiring managers, ensuring that there is a balanced panel with input from relevant teams. Check that shortlisted candidates are affordable and have the right to work in the EU
  • Liaise with colleagues to ensure the offer process happens quickly when hiring manager makes a decision
  • Maintain the database of job descriptions on the People Sharepoint site

Desirable Skills and Experience

  • Excellent organisational skills and attention to detail
  • Ability to prioritise a busy workload effectively and deliver work to deadlines
  • Strong communication skills (verbal and written)
  • Quick learner
  • Good excel skills
  • Self motivated
  • Ability to work with different systems
  • Personable and approachable
  • Proactive, adaptable and resilient
  • A strong team player
  • Culturally aware and positive about diversity
  • Enthusiastic about HR and committed to own professional development.
  • On route to a HR career path

Additional Information

Please note that candidates must have the right to work in the EU prior to applying for the position for the full Internship period.
You will be provided with an email address and support from our IT support to set up on our systems etc.

Our application and recruitment process

Climate-KIC values diversity and welcomes applications from all suitably qualified candidates regardless of age, gender, race, disability, sexual orientation, religion or ethnic background.

Your application should be written in English and consist of:

  • a full curriculum vitae
  • a covering letter describing briefly how your profile, skills and experience meet the criteria outlined in the person specification, and outlining your interest in and vision for the role.
  • your current salary
  • where you saw this role advertised.

Please send your full application using the “apply now” button above. You should state your full name, followed by the role for which you are applying for in the subject line of the email. The deadline for receipt of applications is 23.59 GMT on the date published on the job advert.

Receipt of your application will be acknowledged by email.

Your application will be reviewed on or around the closing date for the vacancy for which you have applied. If your application is shortlisted for interview, you will be contacted directly by Climate-KIC.

Candidates invited to a first interview, will be notified of the outcome and informed about next stages if they are successful.

NB/ This advertisement will be taken down from the website after the closing date so it is a good idea to copy and keep the text for reference to use should you be invited to interview.

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